VF Sustainability Case Competition

Congratulations to the Top 4 Teams from the 2021 Competition!

Winner: Mapping the Future (UNC)

2nd Place: Vans – Off the Wall, On the Map (University of Michigan)

3rd Place: GreenSole (MIT)

4th Place: Circularity (Cornell)

Global MBA competition with VF Corp., The North Face, Timberland, Vans

$10,000 in cash prizes awarded to the top finalists

Interactions with executives from VF

About VF:

With 13 consumer brands, including global iconic brands like The North Face®, Timberland®, Vans®, and Dickies®, VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear, and accessories companies.

At both the corporation and brand level, VF is driven by its Sustainability & Responsibility strategy, Made for Change. In recent years, VF has exemplified its longstanding commitment to using its global scale for good by developing science-based targets (SBTs) among the most ambitious in the industry, becoming a leader in the circular economy movement, and being the first apparel company to issue a green bond. VF’s practices have led to numerous accolades and awards as a leader in ethical business, including recognition as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

The Competition:

The virtual case competition will expose participants to a specific sustainability-related challenge that VF and its brands face and give them the opportunity to develop a plan to address it. The competition judging will consider the strength of the plan and the creative ideas for solving the central issue of the case.

$10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top finalists.

This provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about VF’s practices, engage with VF professionals, hear directly about career opportunities in impact, and think critically about scalable sustainability strategies and solutions that better people and the planet.

Teams can be up to 5 students. Teams must include at least 2 MBA students. Full- and part-time MBAs can compete. All non-MBA students must be master’s students. Teams must represent one school, and multiple teams can enter from the same school.

The competition is being hosted by Business for Impact and Net Impact at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

VF’s practices have led to numerous accolades and awards as a leader in ethical business, including recognition as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Key Dates

Case Release and Registration Opening

The case will be released on this webpage and teams can begin working on an executive summary. Registration opens on this webpage to officially enter the competition. There is no fee to register. Download the case.  Register for the competition.  Registration and Executive Summary Submission Guidelines.

Registration and Executive Summary Submission Deadline

Deadline to turn in your team’s two-page executive summary and register to enter the competition.

Finalists Selected + Team Names Released

The teams that are selected to compete in the final rounds of the case competition will be notified.

Presentation Submission Deadline

All teams must submit their final pitch digitally to participate in the virtual event.

Case Competition Virtual Event

The final rounds of the case competition will be held virtually from 11 am to 3 pm ET (times subject to change). Teams are required to have at least two members present.

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Questions? Comments?

Please contact Joe Weinstein, Managing Director, Business for Impact


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